My son disagrees heartily but I love Stephen King narrating his books. I am very picky about voices and honestly that type of voice would normally drive me nuts but I love it! As always the characters are developed and the nuances of daily life take on the building horror and dread. I read this book years ago. I have recently started listening to all the Stephen King books I can get in my ears. I am always amazed about what I forgot.
I always love the psychological aspects of King's stories. The development of the characters and their subsequent collapse was intriguing.
Yes. I cringed each time another character had to perform a "innocent prank" and wondered what would happen next.
Anyone with narrating experience.
I love Stephen King, but he is a terrible narrator. I can't get through this.
My favorite by far, this book by Stephen King is thrilling, interesting, descriptive, and fun, without being an ordeal to listen to, a big decision to take on, or a haunting story to make you rue the day...
It has, I think, one of the coolest underlying messages than any of his other work I have thus far read... I had always been a fan of the premise, and it is perhaps my favorite of his films, but the book, as always, is just that much better!
While the slow ratcheting up of tension is exciting to move along with, when the ish finally hits the fan, you get the 'pleasure' of a slow motion exposition of every second of splatter... it's like a nuanced exploration of the beauty of a firework, one spark at a time... and in a spine tingling conclusion, King again manages to present what may seem like questionably simplistic sounding events in a realistic and textural way that makes them triumphant when they might otherwise run the risk of popping the suspended disbelief...
Most of all, as someone who tends to hesitate at beginning Any New King novel, for the sake of the lost nights of sleep and the stress, I'm glad to find one that, I think, presents all of his writing skill and thrilling storycraft while also being one I can readily reccomend as 'fun' for most anyone... and, like I said, one with some really neat underlying logic and mechanism... not to say 'morals'...
Good stuff! I think I've found a new favorite!
(while I gave the performance 4 stars, it was mostly to do with little things... the sometimes shakey use of dialect, maybe not entirely flawlessly transparent and believable... but mostly the way I don't like his pronunciation of the letter "L"... back in the throat... funny how little things just get on your nerves after several hours!) :D
Yes, it's fun to have the author read their own novels. The true meaning that the author wanted to get across is found in their narration.
Well thought writing.
Stephen King is a great narrator!
The characters and how he intertwined them all and also the creepiness of the shop keeper and well I won't spoil the ending... ;-)
Not sure, they were all very well written but if I had to pick one I guess the shop keeper. You got to give kudo's to a character that you don't really like but you can't wait to hear what he does next and then when you do you're like, NOooo!
When the cop goes into the shop and it's deserted and filled with dust and cobwebs...
Careful What You Wish For
I feel I have already given away too much but if I could add one more thing it would be DON'T WATCH THE MOVIE!
Stephen King is the pinnacle of horror writers. I read this book years ago and now listening to Mr. King when he narrates it makes it that much better.
Norris Ridgewick was my favorite; he succumbed Gaunt's poison but managed to redeem himself in a big way.
Aunt Evvie was my favorite although just about every character was spot on.
Name is perfect - would not change it.
I tried to read this book when it came out in 1991 and quit after 50 pages.
A few years later I tried to read the book again and made it around 200 pages and quit again. I couldn't get into the story.
Fast forward to 2013 and purchased the book when I saw Stephen King was narrating. I did not want to stop listening. I have always enjoyed Stephen King audiobooks more when he is reading them. He is so engrossing to listen to. I listened to the last seven hours in one day. I even followed along with the novel for the last 50 pages. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
I would have to say I liked actually reading the book vs audio. I love when King narrates his books and using music is a common prop during his readings BUT... the music was loud at times, (which wasn't the main reason for not liking it) and corny??? That is the word that comes to mind when it was played. Almost out of place. Maybe that only makes sense to me??? lol Either way the few issues I had with the music wouldn't stop me from listening again. Like most King books its kind of slow to start but thats why we love King right??? all the details and time he invests in setting up every character. I often wonder what 1 day in his head feels like. Kudos S.K.!
Worth the credit
This is a typical Stephen King book, and I don't mean that in a bad way. If you enjoy his other books, you will (most likely) enjoy this one. The plot is good, good characters and Mr. King is the narrater (and does a great job). Really good except for one thing, the music / sound effects.
I always read reviews before purchasing and quite honestly, I was irritated at all the complaining about the music. Really, how bad could it be? The answer is pretty bad. It is of poor quality, does not fit what is happening in the book, is too loud and many times goes on too long.
When I started listening to the book (remember I had in my mind this one issue was overblown), I was thinking about the review I would write slamming all the people complaining about the music. For awhile, it was not that bad, it could just as easily not have been there, but was not much of a distraction. But as the book progressed, there were times it went on and on, and at a volume that made it difficult to understand Mr. King. The producer was like a kid in a candy store with a pocket full of money, not realizing that just because he could put in the extras, does not mean they should.
Still, I enjoyed the book and the narration. I would recommend this book, even with it's production flaws.